By Barrett Phillips
A number of different ideas were brought to the table Wednesday's during Rapid City's Legal and Finance Committee meeting concerning the location of Summer Nights.
Business owners agreed, downtown Rapid City has benefited from the Thursday night event. However, they raised some concerns that council members are not focused on what is best for the town; rather are focused too much on what is best for Summer Nights.
"I ask that you do not shut down Main Street for my fellow business owners and that you do not shut down Saint Joseph Street. It's detrimental to those of us that are down there and trying to do business down there," said Bob Fuchs, Firehouse Brewing Company.
"I'm just wondering, has the annual revenues of all the business downtown gone up since Summer Nights or have they gone down?" asked Steve Laurenti, Ward 2 Representative.
Some business owners asked council members to look over all of the alternatives in order to come to the best decision.
"The plan we have for 2014 is really the best plan we've had so far. It will allow parking to remain downtown until 3 p.m. So, we really are only taking a couple hours of a lot of businesses time," said Sandy Schwan, President of Summer Nights.
The Legal and Finance Committee passed the issue on to the full city council for a final decision Monday.